"Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always." Psalm 105:4
Lifelines Outreach shares the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and by making disciples in the greater Nashville area.
The weather is the hardest time of the year to go and try and reach people for Christ and to make disciples. The gloomy and gray weather is sure not a motivator. However, there are great lessons to be learned in being faithful each and every day. One of the verses that have helped me in the past of going to “seek and save” the lost in the cold comes from Proverbs 20:4. “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore he shall beg in the harvest and have nothing.” That verse tells me that if you want a harvest, you must prepare the soil and be prepared to plant even if the conditions are not ideal. In mission work, there are rarely ideal conditions. Another verse that speaks to me about going in the cold weather is 1 Corinthians 9:6. “Jesus said, that he who sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly: and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” The lesson learned is that you must sow bountifully even if the conditions are not the best. You are faithful; you will have a bountiful harvest.
I am still looking for a place to teach Bible study at Lexington Garden Apartments. I have been praying for this for over a year. There are so many needs in this apartment community. I truly know that Jesus is the answer. I continue to minister to this community on a weekly basis by witnessing and praying with people as I build relationships. Many of them call me “the preacher.” When I am on the property, they recognized that my purpose is to teach them and tell them about Jesus. I have made some good friends as I have been walking and talking this past year. Please pray that God will provide a place to meet soon. God’s spirit continues to burden my heart with these people.
Tony helps us at our witnessing at Lexington. I met Tony while reading the Bible at Opry Mills Mall. He is a great and powerful witness for Christ. He is also a volunteer chaplain at Centennial Hills Hospital every Monday. Another guy named Mike also works with him as a chaplain at Centennial. I’ve also gotten to know him, and he has come out to Lexington Gardens to witness and to minister. This past week Tony told me this story. Mike went into a hospital room and found a young man, 24-years-old who had been shot and is now a quadriplegic. His girlfriend was also shot three times, and she died in his arms. Also, a friend who was with him was shot and killed. Mike got to share the Gospel with him, and the young man got saved. Sometimes it just takes the worst circumstances before people will listen to the Good News. I praise God that Mike was ready to share the Gospel with him. Both Tony and Mike are guys that are willing to go and seek out the lost. They are such an encouragement to me.
I thank God for all of the people in my life who inspire me to be faithful in witnessing and making disciples. Their prayers and their examples help keep me faithful and moving in the right direction.
One of the new things that we are going to be trying in the next few weeks is a portable prayer stand. They were developed in New York City by Tom Kisner as a form of outreach and a way to reach people in Gospel conversations. Theses are used by a main outreach tool by Brooklyn Tabernacle Church and Jim Cymbala. You set the prayer stand up in high traffic areas to pray for people and share the Gospel. I talked with a man in North Carolina named Willim Legg who has been using the stand since 2008 in his city. He told me some great stories of how God has used this simple tool to share the Gospel hundreds of times. He has seen God work miracles in people’s lives as he prays and shares Christ each week. I can see this multiplying into more than one stand if God provides the leadership and the finances.
Each day of ministry is always filled with surprises. We have been ministering to a single mom with several children at Lexington Gardens. Melody is struggling to be a good mom and raise her kids. She has moved apartments due to a plumbing problem. The new apartment does not have any heat. Most of the apartments have base-board heaters. However this apartment has nothing. I had to go and purchase a heater so that they would not be cold. She also has no knives, forks, spoons, nothing. Also, she has no mop or bucket because the floor is so sticky. It is always needs on top of needs. But now at least she has heat in the apartment. I also talked with my friend Steve. Steve has only one eye and always has a beer in his hand. He is always willing to talk about Jesus and the Gospel. I am not sure if he is saved so I keep on sharing. Melanie, made a decision for Christ, is really growing. She is in high school but I have gotten her to start memorizing Scripture. She now has the Roman Road memorized and continues to try to memorize more each week! Her parents will not let me baptize her yet but I keep talking to them about her decision.
Thank you for your prayers and financial support. –Richard Gay
Pray For The Lost by David Jerimiah.
Our Father our hearts desire in prayer is for the salvation of our loved ones, our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, our mother and fathers, our friends and neighbors, the known and the nameless, those both near us and far from our shores.
They are dead in their trespasses and sins, walking according the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in children of disobedience, without hope, hell-bound, facing eternity without Him who died for them. Bring them to Yourself, Lord, convict them of sin and unrighteousness and judgement and grant them saving grace. Grant them sight. Give them light. Give them the right to become the children of light, born, not of blood, nor the will of flesh, nor the will of man, but of God. We also ask for boldness to share the Gospel with those that come across our paths. Open doors for our testimonies. We pray this in the Name of Him who came to seek and save the lost. Amen.
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